When Hurricane Katrina drove people from their homes, Dalton’s First Baptist Church opened its doors as a Red Cross shelter. Lynette Tripp served as the church’s coordinator for that effort, organizing all the volunteers.

Since that time, Tripp has become even more involved with the Dalton-Whitfield County chapter of the American Red Cross, taking classes to serve as a disaster volunteer.

Tripp has long been active in the community, especially through First Baptist Church. She leads the church’s disaster relief efforts.

“That’s a new effort that she has organized and developed,” said Phillip Cannon, minister of education and administration.

Tripp has long been active with the Georgia Baptist Convention’s disaster relief teams, which operate not only locally but nationally and internationally, too.

Tripp has also long served as a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association.

“She helps out with our Sweet Memories bake sales, and she has been a participant in our Memory Walk for several years,” said Freda Stephenson, director of development for the association.

“But really she’s willing to do just about anything she’s asked to do, whether it’s helping out in the office or helping with health fairs,” Stephenson said.

For all of her efforts on behalf of Dalton and Whitfield County, The Daily Citizen names Lynette Tripp as Citizen of the Week.

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